Allen B. Warren

3201 Jermantown Road, Suite 600
Fairfax, VA  22030
Telephone: 703-352-1900
Fax: 703-352-5293

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Allen B. Warren is a principal in the firm’s Fairfax office and joined the firm in July 2000. His practice is devoted primarily to community association law and creditor’s rights. Allen provides counsel and advice to the firm’s clients regarding community association issues involving contracts, corporate governance, covenant enforcement, developer transition and collections. His recent projects include the drafting of rules and regulations, review and negotiation of client contracts, drafting amendments to governing documents, reviewing and negotiating loan documents, and assisting associations in pursuit of nonjudicial foreclosures.

From 2006 to 2012, Allen served two three-year terms on the Board of Directors for the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of Community Associations Institute (WMCCAI).  During those two terms, he served as WMCCAI’s Secretary, Vice President, President-Elect, and President.  Allen has also spoken at numerous educational seminars, including the Community Associations Institute’s “Introduction to Community Association Living” course and for the 2005, 2008 and 2010 WMCCAI Conference and Expo.  In addition, he presented a seminar at Community Associations Institute’s 2016 Community Association Law Seminar.

Focus areas in community association law

  • General counseling and representation
  • Contract review, negotiation and enforcement
  • Covenant enforcement
  • Developer transition
  • Drafting rules/regulations and amendments to governing documents
  • Collections



  • 1995, Virginia
  • 1997, District of Columbia
  • 1996, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • 1996, U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • 1998, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Professional associations

  • Arlington County Bar Association
  • Community Associations Institute, Washington Metropolitan Chapter, 2000 – present
    • President, 2011
    • Vice President, 2009
    • Secretary, 2008
    • Board of Directors, 2006 – 2012
    • Virginia Legislative Committee, 2004 – present


  • Best Manuscript Award for CAI’s 2016 Community Association Law Seminar (with California co-author Marion Aaron, Esq.), awarded by the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL)

Notable cases


  • “Oh No! How Do We Fund This?”, Quorum magazine, November 2014
  • “Where are our Books and Records?”, Quorum magazine, July 2012
  • As quoted in “Ask the Expert”, USI Insurance Focus newsletter, Master Policy v. Personal Insurance, May 2012; link:
  • As quoted in “Do Your Homeowners Association Homework!”, by Michele Lerner, NVAR Realtor® Update magazine, Nov/Dec 2011 ed.; link:
  • “So . . . You Thought You Didn’t Have Employees?”, Quorum magazine, 2005


  • “Amending Governing Documents: Providing Effective Legal Counsel (and Effective Amendments)” – CAI Law Seminar, January 2016
  • “How Do We Fund This? Practical Budgeting & Special Assessments,” WMCCAI, 2014
  • “Top Secret! Amending Your Governing Documents After Shadowood,” Virginia Leadership Conference, 2013
  • “The Essentials of Community Association Volunteer Leadership – Part I,” WMCCAI Conference & Expo, 2013
  • “Foreclosures,” WMCCAI, 2012
  • “Lessons in Leadership: Succeeding as a Volunteer Director,” WMCCAI Conference & Expo, 2010
  • “Parking and Vehicle Restriction Options for HOAs and Condominiums,” Prince William County Neighborhood Conference, 2010
  • “House Bill 516 – One Year Later,” WMCCAI, 2009
  • “Who’s Watching the Store? Monitoring Your Association’s Finances,”  WMCCAI Conference & Expo, 2008
  • “Changes in HOA/Condo Resale Laws and Disclosure Packets,” City of Manassas Neighborhood Conference, 2008
  • “The Paper Chase – Amending Your Governing Documents,” WMCCAI Conference & Expo, 2005
  • “CAI’s Introduction to Community Association Living,” 2003
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